University of Illinois
URBANA – It's not every day you get a call offering you $100,000 – much less a commitment for $9.1 million – but Munir Nayfeh got such a call in August.
The University of Illinois physics professor had just published a paper in the journal Applied Physics Letters. The paper explained how an ultrathin layer of nanomaterials could improve the efficiency of solar cells.
CHAMPAIGN – Could you give a 12-minute presentation on whether a fictional country should stick with U.S. accounting standards or switch to international standards?
Would it be any easier if you were offered $10,000 for your efforts?
CHAMPAIGN – Back in the fall of 2006, when McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation staff sat down and began planning for a new residence hall, they put together a list of non-negotiable items.
Number One: It must be a green building.
URBANA – The Mumford horse barn is staying put.
For now, at least.
CHAMPAIGN – A student residential complex commonly known as the "Six Pack" has a new name honoring a former University of Illinois president.
Trustees on Thursday named the complex bounded by Gregory Drive, Peabody Drive, Fourth Street and First Street in Champaign in honor of Stanley Ikenberry, UI president from 1979 to 1995.
CHAMPAIGN – Sponsors of the annual "Innovation Celebration" event are seeking nominees for eight awards honoring innovation and entrepreneurship.
The celebration, which got its start two years ago, recognizes people who have made significant contributions, taken risks or provided leadership to help ensure the economic success of Champaign County.
SAVOY – Never mind that the Illini were outmatched 49-17 in the Rose Bowl.
Never mind that the temperature barely made it into double digits Wednesday.
CHAMPAIGN – Teddy Eddleman, wife of the late "Dike" Eddleman, said the 1947 Rose Bowl trip was a special one in many ways and is looking forward to a return to Pasadena.
Dike, a three-sport star with 11 letters in football, basketball and track, played halfback and punted for the Illini football team. But he did not fly out with the team for the game, playing with the UI basketball team in two games at Berkeley before joining the football team.
One street divides Edison Middle School from the main branch of the Champaign Public Library and, for dozens of students, that street might as well be a slash dividing their day: school/after school.
"As soon as school lets out, within three or four minutes, we have a good influx of kids," said Kristina Hoerner, the library's adult services manager. "It is for some of them a place for them to continue their day with their friends a little bit longer.
CHAMPAIGN – Melissa Mitchell of Champaign said the realization hit her about 22 years ago.
She had watched football games through the years – mostly to please boyfriends – but one day she realized she just didn't care about football or spectator sports. At all.